Mixed families and secondary infertility

Tuesday 25th January 2022 – 8pm (GMT)

In this session we’ll be exploring the challenges and emotions that are often prevalent when experiencing secondary infertility. Having to make the decision to use donor conception when trying to conceive a sibling after a genetic child can bring about its own complex set of emotions, questions and challenges.

I’ll be chatting with Gerry McCluskey and Angela Pericleous-Smith about the additional considerations for mixed families, whether you have a genetic child already, have fallen pregnant spontaneously after donor conception or have children with different donors. Before creating a mixed/blended family of genetics we’ll explore common fears such as whether not sharing genetics might make us feel differently towards our non-genetic child, whether sibling relationships might be affected and also the consideration of managing additional half siblings for the child who is donor conceived. We’ll explore how we can navigate this path and make what may seem like very different stories, a part of your whole family narrative. We’ll also explore how we as parents can share and balance these different stories, supporting them as they grow. 

As with all Paths to Parenthub webinars, members have the chance to shape the conversation by submitting your questions ahead of the webinar and on the night, I hope you will join us there. (Please note that all webinars and live chats are recorded and made available the following day to members within the Paths to Parenthub website and the community app too).

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Speaker Bio

Gerry McCluskey

Working for Family Routes, a voluntary social work agency, Gerry McCluskey has a particular interest in the broad range of different ways in which families are formed, the issues of belonging, connection, identity, loss and fulfilment which relate to the pursuit of family life whatever its form.

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Speaker Bio

Angela Pericleous-Smith

Angela is Chair of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) and has practised as a specialist fertility counsellor for almost 20 years. Angela offers support, therapeutic and implications counselling to couples and individuals exploring their fertility and considering assisted conception or fertility preservation.

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